Photo of the Week: Lil Miss Hot Mess competes in the amateur division of the 52nd annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest at Union Square on Thursday. Cable car gripman Byron Cobb won the pro division. (Michael Ares/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Photo of the Week: Lil Miss Hot Mess competes in the amateur division of the 52nd annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest at Union Square on Thursday. Cable car gripman Byron Cobb won the pro division. (Michael Ares/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

July 12: Frida challenge, Stern Grove Festival and more

Something to read

Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami
By Robert K. Fitts ($28.95)
A biography of the major leagues’ first Japanese player covers his 1964 season with the Giants and why he left.


San Francisco Public Library: Volunteers are needed to lead book clubs, assist with workshops, help library patrons and more. [(415) 557-4388,]


Bisou Bistronomy: The French-accented brunch fare at this Castro restaurant include pork belly Benedict, crepes and of course, French toast. [10 a.m.-3 p.m., 2367 Market St., S.F.; (415) 556-6200,]

Get outside

Pacifica run: Runners can choose between 10K, 21K, 30K and 50K routes amid the foothills of Pacifica and the Santa Cruz Mountains. [7:30 a.m., Walnut Grove picnic area, San Pedro Valley Park, 600 Oddstad Blvd., Pacifica;]

Esprit cleanup: Light refreshments will be served as volunteers weed plants, pick up litter and more at Esprit Park. Tools and gloves will be provided to volunteers. [9 a.m.-noon, Esprit Park, 19th and Minnesota streets, S.F.]

Glide block party: Glide Memorial Church is hosting activities in conjunction with the Tenderloin edition of Sunday Streets, which will close streets to vehicle traffic. A Jenga tournament, dance party and games are among the activities scheduled. [11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Ellis Street between Jones and Leavenworth streets, S.F.;]

Making baskets: Children can create their own picnic baskets before filling them up with treats at the nearby Off the Grid Picnic at the Presidio. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.; RSVP requested at]

World record attempt

SelFRIDA Challenge: Frida Kahlo impersonators — amateurs and pros alike — are invited to the Mission district, where the Fiestas Fridas will attempt to set a world record for the most Fridas taking selfies at once. [5 p.m., 24th and Harrison streets, S.F.; Fridas must register by 4:50 p.m., sign up at]


Free classical concert: Guitarist Bryce Dessner, from indie-rock group The National, is performing his orchestral work “St. Carolyn by the Sea” with the San Francisco Symphony. [Noon, Pier 27, S.F.]

Hip-hop showcase: “#RocDaMic Bay Area” features performances from up-and-coming hip-hop artists such as Alby Sound, Charitte, The Kingdom and more. [6:30 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Stern Grove Festival: Amy Hanaiali’i and the Stern Grove Festival Orchestra are doing songs from the Hawaiian islands in a free concert. [2 p.m., Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, S.F.]

Rock show: Rocker Lissie is promoting her new album, “Back to Forever.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]eventslocal activitiesSan Franciscothings to do

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